Another week has passed. What have we learned? Friday is better than Monday, that's what we have learned - are you kidding?
- Update: Toronto in 1977 and 2007. Just click on "next day" for the next comparison. 1977 was waaay cooler.
- The Totalitarian Olympics (and, really, when weren't they) may be bad for your health. Who could have guessed it?
- Speaking of fascists, this 1939 article in Time reported from Spain is instructive as to demands of the law of prudence. But, frank(o)ly, I do wish more men would wear swimming shirts. But not necessarily brown ones. Remember: "Beware of the cocktail! Beware of the one-piece bathing suit! Beware of the cigaret!"
- Errr...given the track records for this model of vehicle, I'd be telling NASA staff to come up and tell the astronauts the news face to face.
- Uncle Joe shall save us all!
The initial euphoria around the bacteriophage as a means of combating what had been incurable conditions subsided and the virus was all but forgotten. But not in Stalin's Soviet Union, where a research programme was pioneered in his homeland of Georgia...Once the phage has entered the body, it attaches itself to the bacteria causing the infection, and shoots in its own DNA to make the bacteria start producing bacteriophages. Within 30 minutes, up to 200 new phage are created, according to Dr Dixon, and in the process the bacteria die. The job done, the phage automatically start to disappear. And if the bacteria become resistant to the phage, as they have done to antibiotics, a new phage matched to the new bacteria can be developed. In order to inhibit resistance, a cocktail of phages would most likely be used in treatment.How about that.
- Just for the record, So You Think You Can Dance is the only reality-contest show worth watching. It seems to be much harder to fake dance compared to the more general entertainment. And it appears most of the top contestants get to use the show to make a real career. And I think I have learned somethings about professional dance. You can see I am still hedging my bets for the bit "it was all done with mirrors" scandal of 2009.
- An interesting article this week by one of Canada's best spoken conservatives, Peter Lougheed, on the impending clash between Canada's Federal environmental law and Alberta's desire to pile pennies from the windfall (transfered for free from the Feds) of oil and gas:
Mr. Lougheed predicted that the dispute will very likely go before the Supreme Court as a constitutional reference, forcing the Court to decide whether the British North America Act gives the province the right to develop its energy resources as it sees fits. "My surmise is that we're into this constitutional legal conflict soon," he said. "And my surmise is that – and this is strong stuff – national unity will be threatened if the court upholds federal environmental legislation and it causes major damage to the Alberta oil sands and our economy."Not much of a nation if the desire for localized wealth hoarding puts it at risk. And what does it say of a community that its business members have such control that their voice is the only voice in a dispute on division of powers - a corporatist province? Loughheed makes the point, too, that the development of the tar sands is haphazard. So is he asking whether anyone in charge?
- Like everyone, I am not following the legal case between YouGoogTube and a whack of companies who do not like their content stolen but this call to the new order is bracing:
YouTube says it needs depositions from more than 30 people to fight legal challenges that "threaten to silence communications by hundreds of millions of people across the globe who exchange information, news and entertainment" through its website.That is like the pawn shops association saying that charges against their members for dealing in stolen goods is a threat against the masses of people who exchange interesting items through their shops. Pap. Pappimissima. King Pap of the Papalonians. Fortunately, GoogYouTube has subpoenaed John Stewart and Stephen Colbert to clear the whole thing up. That'll help. No chance of unexpected points of view not helping mega-industry there.